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ITALY -ROME- REFUGEES- EVICTION
Rome
By Christian Minelli
24 Aug 2017

Italy, Rome: A woman fells on ground after being hit by a water cannon used to disperse refugees who were evicted from a palace in the center of Rome on August 24, 2017. The UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) voiced "grave concern" over the eviction of 800 people from a Rome building squatted mainly by asylum seekers and refugees from Eritrea and Ethiopia. Almost 200 people expelled from the building sleep on the streets from 19 of August.

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Idomeni
By Francesco Pistilli
20 Apr 2016

Bilal,13, from Syria, is a self-described geek. He wants to study and learn English and German, but he needs new books and wants to reach Germany as soon as possible to go to school and learn more about the world. He sits on an abandoned car while translating verbs from Arabic to English.

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In Limbo in Idomeni Refugee Camp
Idomeni, Greece
By Francesco Pistilli
19 Apr 2016

This collection of photos documents daily life in the Idomeni camp where refugees live in limbo on the border between Greece and Macedonia. Some refugees who were photographed are identified by an initial because they did not want their names used.

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Idomeni
By Francesco Pistilli
19 Apr 2016

R., 32, from Syria kisses her nephew. They live in an abandoned train at Idomeni railway station in Greece, at the border with Macedonia. Some 12,000 refugees live in small tents and the ruins of an old railway station in Idomeni.

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Idomeni
By Francesco Pistilli
19 Apr 2016

A night shot of the border fence between Greece and Macedonia at the Idomeni camp.

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Idomeni
By Francesco Pistilli
18 Apr 2016

Raha, 41, from Syria, is in Idomeni with two sisters. She waits to reach her two sons, aged 15 and 20, who arrived in Germany months ago. Raha is still stuck here after two months.

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Idomeni
By Francesco Pistilli
18 Apr 2016

A Kurdish girl spends an evening playing with a recycled table football game at Idomeni refugee camp, a makeshift camp on the Greek-Macedonian border where thousands of refugees are stranded.

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Idomeni
By Francesco Pistilli
15 Apr 2016

Panagiota Vasileiadou, also called "the Idomeni refugees' grandmother" is a 82 year-old Greek woman who houses five Syrian refugees in her home.

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Idomeni
By Francesco Pistilli
15 Apr 2016

In a improvised cinema, refugee children watch a cartoon movie at the makeshift camp of Idomeni, in Greece. Movies keep refugee children entertained, despite all the sorrow and trials they face.

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Idomeni
By Francesco Pistilli
14 Apr 2016

A Pakistani group of between 50 and 70 refugees live in an abandoned hotel building close to the Greek-Macedonian border in Idomeni, Greece.

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Idomeni
By Francesco Pistilli
14 Apr 2016

Syrian refugees have dinner along the railway at Idomeni camp. The railway connection has been blocked for a month by refugees who are protesting Macedonia's decision not to let them through. Police have tried to clear the tracks but refugees still resist and occupy the railway while waiting for an European solution.

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Idomeni
By Francesco Pistilli
13 Apr 2016

Asif, 23, from Pakistan, is living in an abandoned building with about 50 people along the highway that runs close to the border with Macedonia.

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Idomeni
By Francesco Pistilli
13 Apr 2016

S. is from Pakistan and he lives in an abandoned building along the highway that runs close to the Greek border with Macedonia. He shares a little room with four to six other "travel mates". They have been waiting and surviving here for two months without electricity, windows, doors and bathrooms.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Among Riace Marina and Riace Superiore are welcomed more than 400 immigrants and asylum seekers, so the country is also known as the hospitality city.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Bairan, 49, posing in front of the restaurant that helped to restructure. He is the immigrant with the longest presence in the small Calabrian town. He landed in 1998 along with 200 other Kurds just in front of the coast of Riace Marina.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Roberto Lucano, 89, is the father of the mayor of Riace. Despite didn't voted for Domenico Lucano in the first elections, now he recognizes all the goodness of a policy of integration and support for refugees.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Aiwa, 42, from Togo, working as an ecological operator in Riace. He survived the Rosarno shootings in the 2013 where he injured his leg.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

The mayor Domenico Lucano, at his third political office as mayor, was added in 2016 by Fortune magazine as one of the 50 most influential men of the world. He coined the phrased the expression "sweet hospitlity" to indicate the integration model of Riace.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Special Bonus that immigrants can use while waiting for the Europeans funds.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Ali, 28, he's in Riace from a year. He fought in Afghanistan as a sergeant with the US Army. Now he is in Italy as an asylum seeker.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Venancio, 60, has lived for 20 years in Riace Superiore and works at the prison of Locri as a house painter. He do not agree very much with the mayor Domenico policies and sees with skepticism the mediatic rise of Riace.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Lamin, 19, he came from Gambia to arrive in Libya and then in Sicily. From 3 months he and his friends will be moving in one of the houses made available by the administration of Domenico Lucano.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Domenico is one of the 70 Italian operators, he's working from one year and four months for Aquilone cooperative which takes care of the donkeys that are used for the recycling collection. To help him there are three African guys and a men from Kurdistan.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Raffaele, 64, is the historical memory of Riace. After having a bar in the town center, now he works as a farmer in the plots of land that have been redevelopment in the last few years through the terraces.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Roawda, ran away from the war in Somalia about 7 years ago. Arrived in Libya, after 2 days of sea crossing reached Lampedusa at first and then was transferred to Foggia for 6 months. She works full-time now in the glass laboratory of the association Città Futura.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Umme Kulsoom (on the left) in the association's pottery workshop Citt‡ Futura along with her assistantof Riace. Umme comes from Pakistan, she has 4 children and lives for 4 years in the city of hospitality.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Jalil is from Nigeria, he's 37 and lives happily in Riace from 1 year and 7 months.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

The carpentry workshop where he works. Fish, 24, from Eritrea. For almost a year in Riace, he has lived 9 months in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. It was rescued by the Coast Guard about a year ago, after three days of agony at sea trying to reach Sicily.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Antonio, 52, 40 years of work at the "Bar Gervasi" in the main square of Riace. Like many Riace inhabitants sees the arrival of immigrants in a positive way in his country.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Inside the embroidery workshop where Caterina, a volunteer of Citt‡ Futura (on the left) embroidered with Tahira, from Afghanistan and from two years in Riace with her two sons.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Sandro Lucano, 50, is the younger brother of the mayor. He along with other friends, helped to incorporate Domenico in the Civic List that elected him mayor. Sandro has three sons and is currently unemployed.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Mirella, 32, is a Romanian girl from 10 years lives in Riace. Before working in the bar of her husband in Riace, she was breeding cows in one of the Calabrian countryside. Now she has two wonderful sons aged 4 and 7 years: Cosimo and Maria Cosimina.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

The sewing workshop where Selma from Somalia work, Fthacuit from Eritrea and Zahra Afghanistan.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

Mohammed, 38, comes from Iran. From 4 months it works with restructuring the homes of immigrants in Riace.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

In Riace also live many under age children, for them there's an a football field and a playground that allow fun and active recreation, besides schools and many educational activities.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

An Eritrean boy carrying groceries on his bike through the streets of Riace.

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Riace
By Mike
11 Apr 2016

A view of Riace Superiore. Inside its village there are more than 30 houses given to families and to individual immigrants of all nationalities. Many people are worried about the future of the country, wondering until when it'll be possible to maintain this level of integration and development that is good for both immigrants and citizens of the small town.

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Idomeni
By Francesco Pistilli
06 Apr 2016

M., 24, from Aleppo, shows shocking evidence of torture in Assad's prisons. He says he was arbitrarily jailed and tortured for 4 months. M. is living in the ruins of an old railway station in Idomeni, Greece.

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Idomeni
By Francesco Pistilli
05 Apr 2016

Around 12.000 refugees live in small tents and the ruins of an old railway station in Idomeni at the Greek border with Macedonia.

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Idomeni
By Francesco Pistilli
04 Apr 2016

A Kurdish boy sits by a fire in a railway repairs hangar where thousand of refugees have set up their tents at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni.